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Second girl dies as a result of accident

The one-car accident on Oct. 24 that resulted in three teenage girls being sent to Regions Hospital has claimed its second victim.

Natasha E. Weigel, 18, of Baldwin died Saturday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul from complications she suffered as a result of the accident, which occurred near County N and Skyline Drive, just east of Hwy. 65, south of Roberts.

Weigel was in the back seat of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Megan Ungar-Kerns, 17, of Spring Valley with Amy Rademaker, 15, of Woodville, the other passenger.

According to the accident report provided by the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, Ungar-Kerns was traveling eastbound on County N, entered the south ditch and struck a group of trees. Weigel was airlifted to Regions Hospital from the scene. Her condition hadn't seen much change as Regions representatives listed in her critical condition two days after the accident and on Oct. 30.

Rademaker was initially transported by ground ambulance to Hudson Hospital and then airlifted to Regions, where she was pronounced dead that night. Ungar-Kerns was transported by ground ambulance directly to Regions Hospital and as of Monday morning, Regions representatives said she was in fair condition.

According to her obituary, Weigel was born Aug. 12, 1988, in Frankfurt, Germany, to Doug and Jayne Weigel. The family eventually settled in Albert Lea, Minn., where Natasha attended school until seventh grade, when she moved to Baldwin to be with her mom. She then moved back to Albert Lea as a junior in high school to complete her last two years of high school and graduated this past spring.

She was the goalie on the girls varsity hockey team her senior year. Her other interests included music, hunting, spending time outdoors and visiting with her friends.

She is survived by her mother, Jayne (Ken) Rimer of Baldwin; her father, Doug (Christina) Weigel of Albert Lea; siblings Ken Rimer, James Rimer, Darian, Darik and Jaydon Weigel; grandparents, Audrey Sorenson, Mayelva and Ron Rimer, Robert and Linda Weigel, Linda McColloch and Tony Garza.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Crossroads Evangelical Free Church in Albert Lea. The visitation is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church. A local gathering in Baldwin to remember Natasha will be Sunday November 12th at Peace Lutheran Church from 6 until 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.. Friends may call the O'Connell Family Funeral Home for further information; 715-684-3434.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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